Ted Williams, 1918-2002
Legendary Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams, the last baseball player to hit above .400, has died. Share your thoughts about The Kid.
I saw Teddy play. He was my boyhood idol; I cried as if a close family member, or best friend died; those years are impossible to describe to those who didn't experience them.
al , binghamton, ny
My first recollection of the Red Sox was Ted Williams. The first major league game I watched was Ted Williams' last game, his last at bat and his last homer. There will never be another like him. A truly great american.
Nick , Omaha
I must say I am deeply saddened by the news, Baseball will miss one on the legeons!!!
I met Ted Williams at the airport in Moncton in April 1988, I in the service and in uniform flying home from Gagetown Canada training exercises in which I was gravely ill. This older gentelman came up to me and struck up a conversation about my service for the country his time in the Marine Corp and pride. We spoke at lenght about fishing. I am an avid striper fisherman from the Cape and he was returning from a trip of fly fishing Salmon in Canada. We spoke about the Patriots and such and at the very end of the conversation he mentioned a little about his time with the Sox. In lieu of an autograph I can say Ted Williams spent an hour of his time with me talking about the pride of being a soldier and an American. I got some great tips on fishing, I now make a once a year pilgrimage to St. John New Brunswick to fish Salmon. He bought me an Orange Crush. My most prized possesion is a Fly lure he gave me from his pocket. Tedddy ball game will be missed by this fisherman.
Joe , Wareham Mass
Simply put, Ted was the reason I wore number nine. He will live forever in the hearts of those who adored baseball, and how it was meant to be played. RIP Ted.
It has been an honor and a privledge to have lived in Ted's time and to have seen him play. "There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived"
Stewart , Somerville
Our last tip of the cap for The Kid. The greatest ever...
Steve , Dresden, Maine
What can you say? A great ballplayer, a great American, a great human being.
Peter , Coral Springs, FL
Ted Williams, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Yaz, ... Boston sports has been blessed with tremendous athletes over the years. I'm proud to know that Ted Williams stands among the greatest of all time. Thanks Ted, for setting the standard in how to play the game. You may rest in peace now, and know that a new superstar (Nomar) with similar work ethics, skills and talents has gladly accepted the torch. My 14 month old boy will learn soon enough who Ted Williams was.
Dan , Ashland, MA
It was about 15 years ago, and there was a dedication ceremony of the Ted Williams Highway (which ran in front of the old Prime Computer in Natick). After the ceremony, Ted obliged hundreds of autograph seekers like me. He read each and every souvenir that was thrust in front of him and thanked each and every fan for coming to see him. Imagine that. Him thanking us.
Ray , Tewksbury